By HTP Editorial

Pop Culture Detective is a series of video essays on You Tube which turns a critical eye to “the intersections of politics, masculinity and entertainment.”  Host Jonathan McIntosh started the series in 2016, and since then has explored a variety of films, television shows and video games.

If you have never seen any of McIntosh’s critiques, you are in for a real treat. They are cohesive, incisive and compelling looks at the media we consume.  In the episode presented here, The Adorkable Misogyny of The Big Bang Theory, McIntosh examines the trope of the geeky male–– socially awkward and girl shy.  He illustrates, quite convincingly, that by turning our stereotype of masculinity on its head, by having seemingly pathetic characters say and do sexist things, we are more likely to see sexism as funny and — more to the point — harmless.

Women, of course, are still the losers in this bargain, invariably so.  But apparently that is considered a small price to pay for high ratings and the comforting lie that we are somehow changing the paradigm.

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